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Alison Rowat
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The scenes with the band in the studio are among the film's finest. There are some gloriously Spinal Tap moments, particularly during the recording of the title song.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 97% 1945 (2017) Handsomely shot in black and white and just 91 minutes, Torok's picture does not linger long, yet it manages to say so much that matters.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's overstuffed, as if Goddard is trying to cram in every idea he ever had in film school, but for long stretches it's a blast.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) This is a story that demands a big picture view of life, and Chazelle delivers.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) [Cooper's] talent for writing and directing has been hiding in plain sight. After this five-star treat of a picture, consider the secret out.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 97% Columbus (2017) Gentle, quietly knowing and with lovely performances from the two leads, plus Parker Posey as a friend of Jin's father, Kogonada has found a new filmmaking home.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The best thing in the picture is Emma Thompson playing an exasperated Prime Minister who finds Mr English about as funny as food poisoning. Join the queue, love.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Where the programme came into its own was in finding former cult members and showing them the tapes.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 84% The Wife (2018) Close...is uniformly superb, her white hair and regal bearing giving her the air of an aging queen denied her throne. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
100% Mother's Day (2018) Leather was able to explore several ideas sensitively and in depth, including the different ways people grieve, and why one child's death receives a lot of attention while another's might pass by almost unnoticed outwith the family.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Hamish (2016) A man once met, never forgotten.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 32% Every Secret Thing (2015) It is almost enough to make one forgive the film's flaws, including a melodramatic score that brings the piece uncomfortably close to afternoon TV movie territory at times.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 80% Cop Car (2015) Showing as part of the American Dreams strand, Jon Watts's thriller shows how a little imagination can go a long way in compensating for a small budget, with twist piled upon swerve upon handbrake turn.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 19% The Vatican Tapes (2015) Here is a prime slice of the juiciest ham just in time for Halloween.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 90% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls is a frustratingly slow burn affair for the most part, but the tension fair crackles from the screen once it gets going.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Tehran Taxi (2011) Through conversations and incidents, he gives us a passenger's seat view of contemporary Iran, showing its people to be entrepreneurial, funny, wise, and just crazy enough to survive the strictures on them.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 44% The Paperboy (2012) Efron's performance alone is worth taking a chance on Daniels' otherwise patchy picture.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Like reading a Dickens novel (or indeed a Waters yarn) the pleasure lies in taking one's time, losing oneself in a world a long way from our own.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 84% Chevalier (2016) This is a more accessible, funnier, piece from [director Athina Rachel] Tsangari showing her move towards slightly more mainstream fare.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 96% Weiner (2016) Cue a very modern morality tale of hubris, lust for power and the inadvisability of sending naughty pics via mobile phones, all expertly told by directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 64% Life (2015) The unexpected delight here is Pattinson, who takes the character of Stock and shows every side of him, the unflattering ones included, to the camera.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Far more successful than the cameos or the cliched inventor character is Leslie Jones, a comic actor I would definitely want to see again.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
92% Stronger (2017) While Stronger cannot entirely resist cliches, it tries harder than most to show the jagged reality of a world turned upside down by sudden disability.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 78% Dark River (2018) While [director Clio] Barnard has been unlucky with timing... the performances from Wilson (Luther) and Stanley (Game of Thrones, Love, Lies and Hope) make it well worth a look.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) The answer is thunderingly predictable and the tweeness takes some getting used to, but with a cast that also includes Timothy Spall and David Hayman you are in safe hands.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 89% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Only French cinema knows how to mine the best from its older actresses, and the two Catherines, given the chance to shine, grab it.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch - startled otter looks, goatee and all - duly nails the part of the good-ish Doctor from the off.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 80% Sunset Song (2016) What remains - Davies' way with a score and the performance of Kevin Guthrie as Ewan Tavendale, Chris's beau, are the true highlights of the picture.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Sweet, charming, lovingly rendered, this is festive entertainment not to be sniffed at by dog or man.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) Portman makes a convincing frontierswoman as she rides out to protect her home and family.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 70% The Nightmare (2015) Spooky enough, but other people's dreams are rather like other people's holiday snaps, and once you've heard one version of the tale, you have pretty much heard them all.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 83% The Walk (2015) The 3D is used to impressive effect... but from the moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt opens his mouth to reveal an Allo Allo French accent, The Walk is going nowhere fast.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 100% Couple In A Hole (2015) All concerned tell the story with impressive restraint, and the performances from Dickie and Higgins are outstanding, making us believe in this story and these characters.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It is a measure of Nicholas Martin's fine script that he introduces us to Florence's marriage slowly, recognising it as almost a character in its own right with many a layer to be peeled back.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) If you can make it through those initially unpromising waters, Howard ends up delivering a fairly fantastic voyage.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 78% The Revenant (2015) Every shot is stunning, calling to mind no less a poet of the landscape than Ansel Adams.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Amid the grand themes about love of the land and kin are some wonderfully bizarre comic moments. One to savour.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 9% Point Break (2015) There are endless amounts of pseudo mystical guff spoken about man versus nature.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 38% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) In bad taste barely begins to describe some of the scenes.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 46% Capture the Flag (2016) More than a few parts of the film are a let down.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 73% A Hologram for the King (2016) While not as bizarre as Cloud Atlas with its time and space hopping, A Hologram for the King is an unsettling piece, but enjoyably so.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) Through it all, Butler ducks and dives, runs and rolls, and blows things to smithereens.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
5/5 95% Son of Saul (2015) There are sights here that will never be erased from memory, and nor should they be, but there are also moments when hope and decency shine from the screen.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 92% Where You're Meant to Be (2016) Every now and again a film comes out of nowhere and knocks you sideways.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 91% Good Time (2017) Good Time certainly puts the audience through an anxious time as Connie goes on a desperate odyssey through the night streets trying to put things right.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 67% Nerve (2016) Nerve loses its way towards the end, but it's slickly done, inventive, and will press all the right keys for its teen and twentysomething target audience.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 36% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) All four leads are good value, with Plaza the standout, and amid the crassness and lesson learning there are plenty of smart lines.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Hail to the chief of documentary makers, back in business again.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Think Abigail's Party with added Nordic bleakness, plus superb performances from Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen in the leads, and you have the measure of this smart, stylish drama.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) While DeGeneres's ditziness can be an acquired taste at times, it suits Dory perfectly.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018